ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 19: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks stands with Al Horford #15 and Jamal Crawford #11 after a technical foul is called on Smith against the Orlando Magic during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
- Larry Drew post-game talking about the Magic's defensive pressure.
- Stan Van Gundy on his team's effort in Game 2.
- Jamal Crawford looks at the Hawks' performance and what they need to do in Game 3.
- The reigning Defensive Player of the Year talks defense.
No team deserves to win a playoff game when they put Josh Powell in before three minutes have passed. If that misappropriation of resources (and even categorizing Josh Powell as a resource seems wrong)
"It is tough. I was out of rhythm by the time I came in the second half. It took me a while to get going. It’s one of those things. The team played well but we missed some shots."
Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post gives an Orlando point of view to Larry Drew's frontcourt rotation:
Indeed, the way Drew doled out his frontcourt minutes will come into question here. Leaving two end-of-the-bench types alone to fend with the league's best center is one thing, but benching one's own best player for almost the entire first half is another. Al Horford picked up his second personal foul just 2:10 into the game, which prompted Drew to pull Horford for the rest of the half. The trickle-down effect it had on Atlanta's rotation left it without a reliable offensive big man. On a night when Johnson (6-of-15, 14 points), Marvin Williams (1-of-6, 4 points) and Kirk Hinrich (4-of-12, 9 points) struggled to produce from the wings, Atlanta needed another scorer.
Eddy Rivera says that defense was the key to the Magic's victory.
The key in the Magic’s win was the defense. There were times when Atlanta had their way offensively, especially in the fourth quarter when they made their run. But the third quarter is an example of the type of suffocating defense that Orlando is capable of displaying when everyone is engaged. The Hawks scored 12 points in the period.